Archive for November 2013

What Are Your Favorite Holiday Songs?

Christmas is my favorite holiday (aside from my birthday, which is June 16, if you want to mark it on your calendar) and I love everything about it. Decorations. Church music. Popular music. Fruit Cake (oh, God, how I love my Nana’s Fruit Cake). But the music is the absolute best part of it. If... Read more »

Thanksgiving Week Gratitude List

Over the course of this month, I’ve noticed that my Facebook wall has been filled with daily expressions of gratitude from my friends and family, sort of Advent Calendar like, but for Thanksgiving. If you’re not familiar with this Thanksgiving month tradition on Facebook (I can’t believe I’m saying there are “traditions” on Facebook), each... Read more »

WHAT Did You Say? Or My Life Is A Series of Miscommunications

I’m not exactly sure what it is about conversations with my friends and family, but we seem to have quite the history of misunderstanding each other. This goes back at least 31 years to the night my brother asked my dad if he could have herpes as his dessert. Just the other day my coworker... Read more »
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ChicagoNow Blogapalooza - My Weighty Challenge

Every now and again ChicagoNow holds Blogapalooza where the community managers invite all the bloggers (that includes ME, ya’ll!) to write for one hour about a particular topic. Participation is option, but because I’m new, I’ve obviously never participated before and I felt like this was a perfect opportunity to do a little community bonding.... Read more »

New Experience #146: Register Someone to Vote

Longtime readers will remember that last week, I became a Deputy Voter Registrar. As I was talking about it around my office, I learned that my cube neighbor, Russ, has never registered to vote and he was interested in doing so. On Monday, we took care of that. Everything went smoothly until the end, when... Read more »

Welcome to Little Merry Sunshine 2.0

Welcome! After blogging for almost 6 1/2 years, I’m thrilled to be part of the ChicagoNow family of blogs. It’s truly the culmination of a dream that started more than 4 years ago when the Chicago Tribune first started recognizing blogs and named Little Merry Sunshine one of Chicago’s Best Blogs. Since that day in... Read more »
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